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Here's a feel good story to get you through your day. 

It isn't one you usually hear of in Ireland, but a dolphin found itself in a spot of trouble on Doughmore beach.

Luckily for the marine mammal, its saviours were on their way as a woman cloaked the animal stranded in the surf.

Last week, Rebecca Glenny – a house keeper for Trump International Golf Links and Hotel, Doonbeg – was strolling along the beach when she had seen the dolphin in distress.

Rebecca entered the water and attempted to get the animal into deeper water and out of trouble.

However, this particular breed of dolphin can weigh up to 400 pounds and naturally, she was struggling.

Thankfully, a vigilant guest playing golf and his caddie John Wright seen Rebecca's admirable efforts and came to lend a hand.

Their joint efforts were successful and the dolphin was free from danger and back where it belongs. 

Fair play to the three of them!

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A baby dolphin has died after tourists in Argentina pulled it from the sea to take pictures with it.

In an amateur video, the sea creature can be seen lying in the shallow waters of a beach, with people touching it and pulling at it.

The footage was taken on Sunday last, in San Bernardo del Tuyú in the Buenos Aires province.

An onlooker told C5N: "It was small and it came close to the shore. They could have put it back in the sea—in fact, it was breathing—but they all started taking photos and touching it."

"They said it was already dead."

A similar incident happened last year on Santa Teresita beach, also in Argentina, where a dolphin was pulled from the sea and died of dehydration while being passed around by visitors.

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When a baby dolphin washed up on a crowded beach in Argentina, everyone wanted a photo with the animal. 

The young mammal was paraded throughout the crowd as people desperately tried to take pictures and selfies with the defenceless creature. 

The so-called Franciscana dolphin was later found dead on the same beach having died from suspected dehydration. 

"The Franciscana, like other species, cannot remain for much time outside of the water," said the Animal Foundation of Argentina who quickly issued a statement on the incident. 

"It has thick fatty skin which gives it heat and means that taking it out of the water rapidly causes it to dehydrate and die. 

"This occasion serves to inform the public about the urgent necessity to return these dolphins to the sea as soon as possible if they find them on the shore."

And according to the organisation, it is more important now than ever as only 30,000 of this species remains in the world's oceans. 

"It is fundamental that people help to rescue these animals, because every Franciscana counts now."

The healthy dolphin, which could have lived up to twenty years in it's natural habitat, was still being photographed as it lay dead on the Buenos Aires beach. 

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